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Cost of Living in Phoenix, AZ, United States

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 71.36
Rent Index: 30.86
Groceries Index: 70.44
Restaurants Index: 76.58
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 51.86
Local Purchasing Power: 145.54

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.00 $
8.00
15.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 55.00 $
45.00
60.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.00 $
6.00
6.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 3.25 $
3.00
4.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 5.00 $
4.00
5.99
Cappuccino (regular) 3.69 $
3.00
4.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.56 $
1.29
1.79
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.15 $
1.00
1.59
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 0.76 $
0.74
0.84
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 2.29 $
1.99
3.00
Rice (white), (1kg) 3.43 $
3.00
4.41
Eggs (12) 2.20 $
1.99
2.50
Local Cheese (1kg) 8.36 $
6.00
11.57
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 5.81 $
4.92
6.59
Apples (1kg) 3.43 $
2.18
5.00
Oranges (1kg) 4.41 $
2.76
7.00
Tomato (1kg) 3.38 $
2.18
6.00
Potato (1kg) 2.46 $
2.20
3.00
Lettuce (1 head) 1.08 $
1.00
1.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.82 $
1.50
2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 13.50 $
11.00
15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.74 $
1.49
2.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 2.08 $
1.25
3.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 7.00 $
6.00
9.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.12 $
2.00
3.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 64.00 $
50.00
64.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.12 $
2.95
3.50
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 1.38 $
1.24
1.55
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 32.50 $
25.00
35.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 0.81 $
0.58
0.92
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,000.00 $
19,000.00
20,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 179.50 $
127.50
228.73
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.12 $
0.12
0.12
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 55.83 $
40.00
69.99
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 35.83 $
29.99
40.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 10.00 $
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 9.88 $
8.50
10.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 41.67 $
30.00
50.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 22.50 $
20.00
25.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes 72.00 $
60.00
90.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 80.00 $
40.00
120.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 850.00 $
800.00
900.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 719.17 $
600.00
850.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,400.80 $
1,204.00
1,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,175.67 $
900.00
1,400.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,829.86 $
1,614.59
2,045.14
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,453.13 $
1,291.67
1,614.59
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 2,463.19 $
2,000.00
2,662.30
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 4.49
4.00
5.00

These data are based on 474 entries in the past 18 months from 100 different contributors.

Last update: April, 2015

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12 Comments so far

#Debbie on Mar 17, 2015 :
I want to get away from Mississippi where there is so much violence and ignorance. No one works here and everyone is on welfare.
#sala on Mar 14, 2015 :
Good Day to every one .
i live in sweden but i want to buy house in Mesa AZ and move thier so can ay one advise me to move or not ? i have to child 5-9 years so what you think please tell me -
Kind regards
#Dody Koky on Mar 02, 2015 :
I was born and i grow up in tokyo i moved to arizona june 2014 now im really regret what i did :)arizona it's really borring city every where i go i feel my self im like in mexico!! Im not racist but to much latin they living here bad manner and sotimes i feel like arizona more expensive than tokyo if i have chance i really want to go back to my country :(
#Zrcalo on Feb 24, 2015 :
I've been living in mesa/phoenix for 26 years.

Here's the pros and cons:

Pros:
1)SUPER SUPER SUPER CHEAP CHEAP RENT EVERYWHERE. I've been able to consistently find rent thats $550 a month for two bedrooms avg 700sq ft. Sometimes I've been able to see a studio go for $250 a month. just look up cheap areas on zillow.

2) very very inexpensive to live in phoenix. Great thrift stores. Cheap produce.

3) people are very tolerant and friendly. very accepting and willing to help each other. Great place to socialize.

Now the CONS.

1) ridiculously hot weather (110 degrees+ for about three months.) hot temperature begins in may and ends at the end of october (sometimes) It makes it impossible to go outside, and absolutely destroys things that are outdoors. Make sure to never keep your pets outside during these months!

2) minority and drug related violence. LOTS of this. I've lived in the ghettos, and they arent as bad as one would think.. but I'm white so people generally leave me alone. I'd stay away from areas like this if you're a minority.

3) trashy trashy trashy filthy filthy ugly ugly city. very LOUD too.

4)evil corrupt government that stifles business owners, people on disability, and generally anyone who's poor. If you're disabled, please dont live here. They're more likely to take away your benefits and give you medical headaches. also poor poor medical institutions here. Also if you want to start a business? forget it!
#mary on Feb 19, 2015 :
thinking about moveing to arizona wanting to live in or next to the dessert, im 58 years old have never been out of illinois want to be where the weather has NO snow,im on disability need to find a cheap 1 bedroom and would like to have a dog is there anything thereclose to stores is any thing cheap.
#Reannon Prosser on Dec 19, 2014 :
Thinking about relocating to Phoenix. Lived there in mid 1980's and want to come back. Am coming from St. Louis, Mo. Is it really as bad as some ppl make it out to be? I remember the warmer weather and beautiful AZ desert skies and scenery. I remember that the ppl of AZ were friendly, neighbors got together, companies had gatherings with employees, etc. They still have jobs and affordable cost of living? Thank for any feedback you want to share.
#Anonymous on Oct 19, 2014 :
Phoenix is decent, but there are a few things to take note of:

- Lots of traffic accidents. Terrible, aggressive drivers. Some of the worst in the country.
- Crime seems worse than in past years.
- Professionals spend more per capita on "extravagances" like spa treatments than any other city, so there is an effete, living-beyond-your-means mentality there.
- The whole city is basically a giant strip mall surrounded by bland stucco, cookie-cutter developments.
- Not a lot of "culture". Only a small pocket in central Phoenix where hippies live. Downtown Tempe is nice to look at, but when you look closer, even it is lacking in terms of vibrancy. Mesa is old and kind of crummy. Tempe isn't as nice as it used to be.
- Very difficult to find a Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, etc.
- Almost no grocery stores in central Tempe. I don't get it.
- Good to excellent restaurants all over.

In general, it's a fast-paced, workaholic city, with some decent outlying areas like Scottsdale, pretty good sports venues and sports fans. People there are also obsessed with hiking and running.

Rents are too high, I find. Small 1 bedroom is 800 minimum, plus utilities. Studios for 600 and up. Rooms for rent are high, it's hard to find something that includes all utilities for under 500-600, unless it's a total craphole.
#joanne on Sep 20, 2014 :
only on food stamps, how can I get a apt., ? no social security either, denied dissability
#brad on Aug 26, 2014 :
I'm possible transferring to Arizona what can I except
#Levi on Jun 18, 2014 :
Phil- how is $45 way off? Brush up on your reading skills, brah.
#Phil on Feb 19, 2014 :
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant can be as low at $7.00
Rent is waaaay off. Too Low. Closer to $850 in city center.
#Stephanie on Nov 01, 2013 :
Thinking about relocating to AZ.

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